New England Patriots Devin McCourty’s Dreambuilders and UnitedHealthcare are providing backpacks of healthy foods to 100 children at Davisville Middle School in North Kingstown, R.I., every weekend during the school year through Blessings in a Backpack’s emergency food program.

Dreambuilders and UnitedHealthcare today kicked off this new “food for children” collaborative with fun-filled, healthy activities for students at Davisville Middle School. Teams of students participated in relay races while the more than 500 students at the school cheered on. McCourty then took the students through some exercises and talked to them about the importance of being physically active and staying healthy.

“UnitedHealthcare shares my commitment to helping kids reach their full potential, and access to healthy foods and staying active are critical to helping children thrive,” said McCourty, who launched his Dreambuilders program this year. “I look forward to working with UnitedHealthcare as we help our local communities get healthy foods and snacks to children in need.”

“We are working with Devin and Blessings in a Backpack to help ensure that no children in the Providence area go hungry,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England. “We look forward to expanding this program to include nutrition education and physical activity to help children develop a lifelong commitment to health by staying active and making healthy food choices.”

Approximately 70 percent of children in Rhode Island schools receive reduced cost or free lunch through the federally funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Blessings in a Backpack was created to help feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the NSLP and have little or no food on the weekends.

“We are very pleased to partner with Devin and UnitedHealthcare on this important initiative,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack. “This program helps ensure that children do not go hungry when they are not in school.”

“Our kids want to be healthier, and this program is a great first step,” said Ruth Ann Logan, principal, Davisville Middle School. “We look forward to having Devin and UnitedHealthcare come back in early 2017 to work with our kids on nutrition and physical fitness programs.”

 

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